This is probably the 20th version of my garden for this year. I love planning more than anything, and really enjoy redoing it. I had many graph paper versions, but this morning I decided to buy the growveg app for my iPad mini. It was 7.99, and I have been tinkering with it all morning.
Here are my two plans, one for spring and one for fall (only a few changes between the two, as most crops are all season long, like tomatoes and peppers. This is my main garden. I have separate areas for berries, garlic, and fruit trees.
(Onions finish up in July, fall potatoes and broccoli are planted in their place. Spring broccoli is done, and pumpkins get planted July 1st as small transplants.)
I have a few thoughts on the app that I wanted to share.
What I liked:
1. The fact that I can use it on my iPad. This is big for me because I can tinker with the plan while nursing and when I wake up at 4:30 and don’t want to turn on lights and wake up the kids.
2. How easy it was to customize. I could have written out the name of each tomato variety if I so chose. I was able to change dates easily to plan for succession planting. (For example, I said my onions would be in from March to July, and then fall broccoli from July to November.) I was able to change plant spacing easily also. The program recommended tomatoes 18 inches apart, but I like them 30 inches apart, so I changed it and the app automatically spaced them that way.
3. I liked the variety of plants available. After choosing “zinnia”, most of the varieties I plant, even ones exclusive to certain seed companies, were already available to chose from. If one was missing, I could create my own.
4. I think the pictures are cute and make for an attractive plan that would be a nice keepsake if printed out. You can draw shapes and add your own text if you wanted to do a whole homestead plan to include your chicken coop, barn, compost, etc.
5. The automatic spacing is very useful and shows you that small crops like onions and carrots will yield a lot in a small space.
What I didn’t like:
1. When the plan is finished, you are able to print it. But the printed image does not include the graph that shows square footage! So when you take it out to the garden, it won’t be terribly useful. I guess I will take the iPad out with me, or print a screenshot, which is what I have for my first plan.
2. It is pretty time consuming. Much slower than graph paper and a pencil.
3. The gardening “how to” articles are the same old stuff you hear everywhere. (Didn’t buy it for these, so I don’t care.)
I am glad I bought it. It is not revolutionary, but I really enjoy it so far!